This year was unique because everyone who was attending left town by 9:30 am (frequently we've had an evening group that arrives after work). That meant that our day's activities included everyone.
The drive up!
The view from our room
The entire group
A group selfie -
compliments of our
A few of our group took a short hike before dinner, someone started an appetizer tray, some tried out the hot tub and some of us settled in to enjoy the cozy fire. Yours truly grabbed her computer to comment on a few slices before dinner.
Appetizers before dinnerView at sunset
We enjoyed dinner at an earlier hour than in the past, and we actually had time to pitch our three books and select the books for the upcoming year before 10 pm. Most of us were in bed by midnight! What a surprise! (Could that be because several of our younger members were unable to attend this year?)
The early risers were up by six this morning, several more by seven, and by eight the counter was filled with breakfast pastries, yogurt, granola, fruit, and hot chocolate. Our leisurely breakfast was followed by leisurely conversation before we jumped up to clean and prepare for our return journey.
By ten am everyone was on the road home. We reveled in the delightful memory of a day (and a bit!) spent in a gorgeous mountain setting with good friends in the company of good books and good food. And we're already looking forward to next year's retreat. But before then, we have twelve evening gatherings and twelve books to read and discuss. I'll share the list in an upcoming post.
The drive home -
another delightful retreat
in the memory books!